Monday, April 27, 2015

Sparkling Lemonade Card

So, I just got some Judikins' Sparkling Embossing Powder and loved what Jennifer McGuire has done with it, and I had to try it out. I made sparkling lemonade by using Hero Arts Neon Yellow ink, vellum paper and the new powder. Here's how it looks. Yum!



I took a wooden hello from Studio Calico and colored it with a pink Tombow Marker and then added the Magenta Stickles on top. the daisies are a border punch. Distress inks give a little depth to the edges of paper I picked up. Maybe at Michael's...it's the kind you buy by the sheet.

That's it!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, April 24, 2015

Birthday Hopping With a2z Scrapbooking


Hey, crafty friends!! Welcome to the a2z Scrapbooking Birthday Blog Hop Bash!!! The a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog is turning 1!!! Did you know that a2z was founded to help financially support charitable causes for auto immunity diseases through the sale of high quality scrapbooking supplies? Yep! They (and you!) fund kids going to Camp Gluten Freedom and other cool things!

Hope you're having fun on the hop today. You should be here after visiting Betty. If this is your first stop you'll want to begin at a2z Scrapbooking  so you don't miss out on any of the fun and beautiful creations we are sharing today. 

I've got two birthday cards to share and I used the same color scheme—red, white and bright blue.




I used some wonderful Hero Arts products and then free-hand cut the popsicle and added Diamond Stickles...cuz, glitter! I also used the same Distress Inks for both—Barn Door and Sailboat Blue. Love!




The enamel star stickers are Doodlebug Design. The first card uses the stencils Starry Night and Arrow Pattern. The die cut "happy" and the stamps on the second card are Happy Birthday Stamp and Cut and Basic Grey/Hero Arts Waves background.




You can WIN!!! Just leave a comment on each of the blogs listed at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies for the hop and one winner will be drawn from those participants to win $25 to the store!! That means you can get stencils, embossing paste, stamps, dies, the new Kelly Purkey stamps or one of the fun new animal stamps or ombre inks! Oh, yeaahhh.

You have until Sunday April 26th, 2015 by 11:59pm EST to leave the comments.

 

So, hop over to see my talented pal, Donna, at her blog  Creative Lady and leave a comment!


Happy Hopping!



Happy Earth Day/Month!

Graphic 45 has a fun challenge this month to celebrate Earth Day, which is always in April and has been around for 45 years this year! The challenge is to upcycle a box, bag or other container and make it new again. I used a beat up padded envelope that I got in the mail the other day. 

I always save these envelopes to reuse when I send a little present to my family and friends, and as I was putting this one away, I thought, this is perfect to fix up! I need to send my sister a birthday present (Happy Birthday, Julie!!) and so this envie is now slated for her gift.

I used Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells, which is one of my faves and put the phrase "something wicked this way comes" right next to the mailing label. I thought she might get a kick out of that.


The red paint (which was the dregs of a spray ink that wouldn't spray so I just dripped it on) looked a little too scary, like blood, so I just sprayed some purple on too and ended up covering it up mostly.

After cutting out some of my favorite images from two different sheets of the Steampunk Spells, I slathered on the Mod Podge and voila! Upcycled birthday envelope!


If you look closely, you'll see the purple bits (on her corset and by her head) are actually leftover paper towel from a spray ink session that I used to clean up and just couldn't part with. The ink is so pretty on the absorbent towel. 

 
Favorite Earth Day Tip: When you're at the atm, at the school pick-up carpool lane, and whenever you find yourself idling, turn the car off. If you're ever idling for more than 10 seconds, it's worth it to turn off the engine and restart. Some people think it wastes gas to restart the engine, but according to the EDF, that's a false belief. And they say idling is actually harder on your vehicle's engine, it's unsafe to breathe in those fumes and it will save carbon emissions and gas by not idling. Just think how those minutes add up! 

I mean, how easy is it to just turn off the car? You don't even have to walk to the recycling bin to do the Earth a favor!!

Happy Earth Day/Month! Go out there and make art of trash!
Chark

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wet Wednesday

It may be wet outside, but this little card might keep you dry. Ok, it won't, but it does have an umbrella on it! I used the basic design from our local craft store for this card but then  switched some things and added some things. This is the final design. Shout out to The Paper Cottage for the make and take so I could make a bridal shower card for my niece!



I don't know the die they used for the umbrella, but it's adorable!

Check back here tomorrow (even though it's Thursday and I'm not normally here on Thursdays) Duh. It's on Friday...my regular posting day! So check back on Friday so everyone will actually have a post :) a2z Scrapbooking Supplies is having a blog hop that I get to participate in and a $25 gift certificate to win. You can choose things like the brand-new ombre ink pads from Hero Arts and matching bling.


Yummy, am I right?! See you tomorrow for the hop!
Happy Wednesday!
Chark


Monday, April 20, 2015

Rainy Days And Mondays

Yep, it's raining and it's Monday. I'm not really down like the song says, but I am dying for a nap and I've only been up for two hours. I blame the gloomy day outside...snuggling in bed seems like a great idea. But first, I'll share a gift bag I made for my niece's bridal shower.

I started with a huge white bag from Hobby Lobby, then added a piece of 12x12 Mr. & Mrs. scrapbook paper from there and added paper roses I made with burgundy cardstock. The bunting I made from really old paper I won—I just freehand cut the shape, hole punched and threaded ribbon through. Easy to make, although it took forever to glue the roses. Making them takes a minute or two, but then I fussed with the shape and width and then finally used some liquid glue to secure them, which takes awhile to dry.



Here's a close-up of the paper roses. I used two sheets of 12x12 cardstock. The biggest rose is one sheet by itself. Here's a tutorial on felt roses that I applied to paper roses. Works just the same. Start with a basic circle and then spiral cut and roll. You can ink the edges of the paper after assembling the roses if you want more depth.



Happy Monday! Off to napzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Chark

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stencil Me In For Friday

I made a little play on words there—I wanted to show a stenciled card I did for a2z Scrapbooking today, so I asked you to stencil me in instead of pencil me in. I know, I'm hilarious. At any rate, here's a peek at the card over on the blog today. 

I used two different stencils and a digi stamp that I colored in. I really like how digi stamps can be different sizes...especially when we're talking about sentiments. I used a flower digi on this one. Hop over and say Hi!



And here's a little throwback photo that I just tucked into my Smash book. It's my kids, humoring their mother when she says, "ok, pose like that library statue and then let me take pics." This was about 7 or 8 years ago, when the little buggers were actually little. Now they're all old and stuff. Rotten kids, they just grow up on you. :) Luckily, I have this pic!


Happy Friday!
Chark
p.s. I was asked to sign a couple of books today for a giveaway by my son's orthodontist. It's Month of the Military Child in April and they try to support military families. Cool, huh? I probably should wear my shades when I go over and like, a scarf or something writerly. yep, writerly is a word...trust me, I'm a writer. jk! I'll probably sign it wrong or something! I'll let you know if I do so we can laugh together.

p.p.s. It went fine, but they suprised me with a photo op for the facebook page. Hop over to comment if you know a military family with kids or have a school library you'd like to donate to. Mori Orthodontics is the best.